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Michigan jobless rate unchanged at 4.0 percent in January

March 7, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.0 percent in January.

Figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show the January rate matched the U.S rate, which rose by one-tenth of a percentage point during the same period. Michigan’s January 2019 jobless rate compared with a January 2018 rate of 4.5 percent.

The agency says total employment in Michigan in January rose by 11,000 while the number of people unemployed rose by 2,000, resulting in a labor force increase for the month.

Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives Director Jason Palmer says the Michigan unemployment rate has remained near 4.0 percent since last summer, but total employment and the number of payroll jobs have increased since then.

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